I wanted to make a point to come back and post how I was able to finally get my car back in top running order. I've read too many posts across the internet that have the same issues but never say what their fix was!
I ended up not going to a transmission specialist. I never found one I could trust and spent a couple of days doing some in depth research of my own. Once I had my husband test drive with me he definitely noticed the problem as well. I ended up back at the dealership with the intent on leaving my car with them until they found the issue. Well it took them 2 days and their best specialists to find out that my 2nd cat was failing 'under load'. I however, insisted I felt changes even from a stop but you know- I was "crazy" at the time ha! Let's just say that once my 2nd cat was replaced- my car flies like it's never flown before. It feels as new as the day I purchased it and I think it's gonna last 10 more years. Apparently this 2nd cat being clogged didn't allow my car to shift properly up hills and the steepest hills it wouldn't shift at all.
Anyway thanks guys for answering my questions and having a good forum to browse though. I learned far more about my car than I ever imagined.
On a seperate note- sure dealerships cost more but to have the original parts meant for your car used in repairs seems like a more secure and long lasting choice if you can afford it. We called our dealer's service manager and bragged up how well our tech did- and received discounts on our other vehicle as well as 20% off this second repair job. It sure helped.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 AT 5:22 PM